Gay Life Volume 33, Number 14
I am part of the problem. In my seven months as editor of Gay Life, our community center’s newspaper, I have ignored the bisexual community. We consciously balance gay and lesbian topics of interest, and represent the transgender community in every issue, but I’ve fallen into the evidently prevalent practice of lumping bisexuals in with everyone else.
As diverse as we are, we have a tendency to compartmentalize ourselves, placing each subdivision of the LGBTQA community into a separate box. But bisexuals, by definition, straddle at least two, sometimes three, of these subdivisions. Does their ability to transcend labels threaten our own sexuality, in addition to our assumptions about the sexuality of others? Could our tendency to ignore bisexuals reveal something about our own insecurities? There are no easy or set answers, but examining areas that make us uncomfortable can help us learn and grow.
Maggie Beetz, Editor